By Anupum Pant
An ant and other such insects have an incredible ability to stay stuck to a flat surface, even when the surface is really smooth. Also, the weight these super sticky feet can support while sticking upside down on a smooth surface like glass is approximately 100 times their own weight. So, that is like you holding a truck while you are sticking upside down on a smooth glass surface – wonder how much glue that would take!
The best part is that even if their feet are so sticky, they still are able to disconnect them from the surface, lift them up voluntarily when they want to and move. Here’s a nice video that explains how these amazing engineering feat (yes, a pun) works.